Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
Davis: "When you're in the moment, you're in the moment, now. So if I slobber, snot, spit… please excuse me. Kids don't do that. Have manners and things like that. So… sorry about that. Did I catch you with some?"
Nichols: "No… and Nate, you jumping on his back at that moment as well. That moment… for you guys to be able to share it…"
Davis: "You were on my back?"
Nate: "See… He didn't even notice"
Davis: "Daaaaang, didn't even feel that."
Nate: "We're like… we're like… we're like Shrek and Donkey. Best friends."
Yeah, that quote is gonna be everywhere today, but that's only because that whole exchange was awesome.
I think we need to petition the NBA to have these two do every postgame. That was a fun news conference to watch. I love this exchange too… about playing so long in the 4th quarter.
Davis: I was really looking at the clock like, when is he
going to come get me?
Robinson: I was thinking the
Davis: We're playing, but a timeout goes
by, [Rivers] doesn't sub. I was like, man, he's letting us roll.
It was fun. It was fun today.
Davis: I want to
give Doc a hug, man. I love Doc.
him, 'Thank you.'
Davis: I sure appreciate it.
Baby said "You shouldn't have let us two get up here"… but I disagree, Glen. We're bringing you up there all the time.
On Page 2, the Bynum excuses have begun
“We didn’t have that big presence in the middle, and Big Baby took
full advantage of it,” said Kobe Bryant. “He played extremely, extremely
well for them.”
Bynum, who had listed himself as “questionable” for Game 4 with the
knee injury, clearly labored during his short time on the floor
Thursday. He was far from the player that had averaged 13.3 points and
7.2 rebounds in Games 1-3. The Lakers were also not the same team with
Bynum as a non-factor.
“It bothered us in the second half not having Andrew be able to come
out and play the start of the second half,” said Phil Jackson. “He tried
for a couple of minutes, but it just wasn’t there for him. We’re glad
we have a couple of days off and we can kind of get him back hopefully
in position where he can help us out again.”
Alright… I know I took a jab at the Lakers 2008 excuses in the pre-jump tease… but this isn't 2008 in any way. This is actually a big loss for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant is right (ugh… painful to type). Without Bynum, a smaller guy like Glen Davis can get in there and not only grab rebounds… but put them back without getting blocked.
So there, Lakers fans… that's me throwing you a bone. Losing Bynum is a legit problem for you. When you lose, you can complain about it.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Morning shootaround: Baby and the bench | Postgame notes: Sheed's on thin ice | First impressions | WEEI: Legler on D&C: Nate's energy priceless | A technical situation | Kobe credits Celtics D | 3 things that went right and wrong | Misfits to perfect fit: Bench turns season around | Doc's gutsiest game | Herald: Reserves help Celtics pull even | Nothing pretty but the final score | Bench wins it in 4th | Giant step for Big Baby | Sheed nears 1 game ban | No end to 'Beat LA' chant in Garden | Eddie Palladino fights voice woes | Lakers out of depth | Bynum stands and delivers | After sitting, stars close deal | Globe: Even better | Wallace pushed to the brink | Bench leads the way | Left alone, Gasol becomes center of attention | Robinson finally making most of his time | Bynum can't hang | Fisher gained a measured response | Davis came up big | Subs knew time to come to the surface | More or less a help | Handling Bryant | CSNNE: The Truth starts, finishes strong for C's | Backups boost C's to Game 4 win | MWDN: Bench brilliance